Grassroots Associations is a comprehensive review and critique of empirical and theoretical research on grassroots, nonprofit and voluntary organizations.
David Horton Smith examines in depth the distinctive nature and characteristics of a previously under-studied area which includes such groups as Alchoholics Anonymous, community-environmental action committees and church Bible study groups. He addresses: group formation, structure, process, leadership, and life cycle change; effectiveness; the influence such associations have on society; the future of grassroots associations, which he sees as integral to a postmodern society moving towards participatory democracy, self-determinism and individual choice.
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A major implication of these VNPS definitions is that current attempts to measure
the numbers of volunteers and VGs , and hence of the total size of the VNPS ,
need to be revised in a number of ways . Such revisions should particularly
Current leaders often play a major role in finding their own replacements and
tend to feel obligated to stay in their leadership capacities until they have been
able to find others to take their own or other leader positions . This contributes to
The final one of the five major institutions is religion , where categorization of the
general impact of GAs is less clear . Most churches are paid - staff nonprofits , so
technically I need not consider them in this book on GAs . There are overviews ...
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Definitions and Metaphors
The Rest of the Voluntary Nonprofit Sector
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